"Old Woman in a Shoe (ret.)" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 4 x 3 in. $60.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

I remember asking myself what those children had done to deserve their sentence of reduced rations and a beating. Years later I realized they were blameless and that this scenario fit the recipe for child abuse. Take one adult, incapable of handling stress without coming unglued; add a short temper; blend a large helping of fertility; mix a healthy sexual appetite; stir in an ignorance of birth control and top it off with a cramped living space, and you have the makings of child abuse.



There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children she didn't know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread.

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

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